Egberto Gismonti: Baião Malandro
Egberto Gismonti (piano)
Sol Do Meio Dia (ECM 1116)
Recorded: Oslo, Norway, November, 1977
Rating: 98/100 (learn more)
Egberto Gismonti concludes his Sol Do Meio Dia recording with a suite of four compositions, finishing with his amazing "Baião Malandro." Many know Gismonti as a guitarist, but this keyboard performance captures some of the most invigorating piano work in the ECM catalog. A savvy jazz player once told me that the secret to success was to steal from other players, but only from those who play other instruments -- so no one can trace your sources. Gismonti does just that -- but he steals ideas from his own guitar conception. Imagine treating the piano like an 88-string guitar, and you get some idea of what this song sounds like. A bravura performance full of drama and fireworks.
Reviewer: Ted Gioia